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bodger

Your mission should you decide to accept it.

Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to reduce the height of these leylandi by about half. Over the years,they've provide a splendid wind break against the prevailing winds that sweep down the fields to batter us but since we had the solar panels fitted a few weeks ago, we have quickly realised that the trees are depriving the panels of many hours of sunshine. Sun means money for us these days and to be honest, we have let them grow rather too tall.








We're going to borrow some extending ladders from our member 'Justme' and try as best we can to get a straight neat cut right across the top. Hopefully if we're successful, we'll be in a win win situation. More solar power registerd on the meter and quite a bit of timber to burn next winter.

There will be photos of proceding of course.  Now how does that rhyme go? Is it "He swung through the air with the greatest of ease. That daring old man on the flying trapeze ?"
Rena

bodger wrote:
Now how does that rhyme go? Is it "He swung through the air with the greatest of ease. That daring old man on the flying trapeze ?"


Polly

Just chop em down to the same height as that holly bush is it?  Think of all the wood you'll get off em!      
Gareth

I seem to remember an earlier story (about 4 years ago) here on OTG regarding a Leylandii, a step ladder, a chainsaw, and a subsequent visit to A&E.  
Lorrainelovesplants

As a trained horticulturist I have to point out that: 1. the cutting them in half idea will put the tree into shock and it will probablydie, and 2. Do you really think cutting the top off will leave you with anything better than an eyesore to look at?

If they were mine, id say tata to them.
Justme

This is what John wants



whilst Kaz wants this



Soon have them down with the chain saw...........
12Bore

I'd go with Kaz, where the leylandii are concerned, I mean!
HonkHonk

Aye! have to agree with Lorraine - i'd take em out, they look a bit thin now to be much use as a wind break.  
bodger

The wind will just whistle  through the place. I remember how things were when the trees were just small whips.
kaz

Justme wrote:
This is what John wants



whilst Kaz wants this



Soon have them down with the chain saw...........


LOL

but I want blue sky and sunshine as well
lottie

We had some HUGE leylandii on three sides of the back of the bungalow[several more and thicker than on your picture] that the previous owner had clearly planted as a wind break and just let grow too big. They had to go one came down and just missed smashing the conservatory--it just clipped the guttering off.It has taken a long time to reduce them to to a reasonable height---and they now seem to be curling up their toes as the shock has been too much. The plus side is we have a huge pile of wood seasoning while we decide what to do with the "stumps"
Justme

kaz wrote:


but I want blue sky and sunshine as well



Happy to oblige

bodger

Could you block the nosy neighbours out at the top of the fields too?
Polly

12Bore wrote:
I'd go with Kaz, where the leylandii are concerned, I mean!


Yeah, me too!    
sod

Have to agree with Kaz   but I would much rather chop down than prune tops they look funny, we have neighbour that tops pine trees and they look stupid. PLant some fast growing bush/trees and  leave stumps tall then put wind break netting up till they grow also hard to look through from a distance  
goodlife

HonkHonk wrote:
Aye! have to agree with Lorraine - i'd take em out, they look a bit thin now to be much use as a wind break.  

give the natural hedge room to grow and replant the gaps with leylandi and keep under control no matter what people say you can not beat a hedge for a wind break but only let it grow to a height you can manage to cut
Slipster

So what was the outcome ????

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